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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Is Georgetown Really That Stupid?

I have a bit more faith in the administration than some of my fellow VB boys but this article by Barker Davis is distrubing. Coach Thompson should have gotten a pay raise after the run to the Sweet 16. I'm stunned that he didn't. This is a total no-brainer. The University needs to up his salary big time. Jim Calhoun makes $1.5 million per year. Tom Crean makes $1.7 million per year. JTIII makes $456,000 per year. Yeah, that's not going to cut it. In addition to a $1 million pay raise, JTIII should receive a new on-campus practice facility and an expanded operational budget for assistant coaches' salaries and recruiting expenses. I would also suggest a significant buy-out clause so we don't have to keep worrying about this. If he wants to go to the NBA, so be it. Georgetown should at least get some cash in the process to go out and hire another top flight head coach. There is no way that the alumni of Georgetown should ever countenance JTIII going to another university. We did it before and we can do it again -- is still available.

Thompson awaits raise

As the Hoyas prepare for their first Final Four since 1985, Georgetown still has not announced a raise or contract extension for coach John Thompson III, and the coach's future with the school remains something of an elephant in the room. Thompson has two years left on a deal that pays him an annual salary of $456,000, according to the university's 990 tax form. That salary ranks 11th among the 15 current Big East coaches and stands as a glaring discrepancy considering Thompson ranks fourth in the conference in regular season winning percentage (72-29, .713) and third in NCAA tournament winning percentage (6-3, .667). Georgetown athletic director Bernard Muir yesterday declined to comment on the subject. Sources close to Thompson indicated the coach has been approached by several different NBA franchises in the last year, most recently receiving overtures from the Charlotte Bobcats, who are owned by District native and BET founder Robert Johnson.


IPB said...

Sadly I think the answer to your rhetorical question is "yes." It pains me to say it, but I have zaro faith in the current MAIN CAMPUS administrative regime and we've seen it time and time again.

Let's not forget that this is the regime (and it makes zero difference that we had a different AD then because big decisions like that don't get made w/out the sign-off of higher-ups) that extended Clipboard Craig back in 2002 or 2003 through 2009, giving him more job security than anyone else in college basketball aside of Coach K. Nuff said....

If a restructuring of Thompson's contract is not announced shortly after the conclusion of this tournament, watch out. The writing is on the wall....

Johnny Shades said...

JT III was the guest on Pardon the Interruption yesterday, and, when asked about the Kentucky job, gave the standard "I'm focused on Ohio State right now" response but clearly left the door open for a possible move in the future.